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Yiddish is the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews, originating in the 9th century in Central Europe. The core vocabulary and grammar is Germanic, while much of the lexicon shows Hebrew and Slavic influence. It uses an alphabet based on the Hebrew script. [1] There are around 1.5 million native speakers worldwide, with the largest communities in Ukraine, Israel and the United States primarily in Boro Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Monsey which are in the New York City area. It is the daily language of most Hassidic Jews.

The Yiddish for English speakers course on Duolingo was released to the general public on April 5th, 2021. The course teaches the Hungarian pronunciation which is more common in Hassidic communities.[2]

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